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This pic of one scene alone looks to have more exciting colours than the whole of SP.
Throughout the whole of the first Reacher film I find myself mentally face-palming a lot, because the writing tries so hard to make Reacher this cool, resourceful guy, and it all just falls flat in its presentation. And the things he did were just downright thick-headed, to boot.
This, however, does look much better, and it seems we'll get a look into Reacher's military past and how he became who he is today.
I usually agree with most things you say but I humbly disagree with you on this one - I never felt that they tried overly hard to make Reacher seem "cool". Just a guy who does his own thing. And despite his physical difference to his literary counterpart, Cruise had the mannerisms down to a tee. The only part of the first film that fell flat to me was the fight with the two goons in the house, which felt (because of how it was played) solely there to remind us that Cruise is a small guy yet able to tough it out with the big fellas.
Reacher in the books would have brought the door frame down on those two. Other than that, I thought they captured it just right and they look to have done it again from those brief glimpses above.
"Remember....you wanted this."
*proceeds to lay everyone out*
As they loved the books and couldn't see him as Reacher. In fact they still can't :D
I too thought Cruise very good but some of his threats, I did find laughable.
the one about "Seeing the inside of an ambulance" , looked like a teenager
threatening an adult.
it needed to show more violence be a bit harder edged ? but this
would have cut into the profit margin with a higher cert, I guess.
I was curious, for fans of the books, who your dream casting/s for Reacher would've been in place of Tom? I'm genuinely curious because Reacher's description as given above seems hard to nail, as you'd need someone who could make you shake in your boots as a mountain of a man, while still retaining a sense of swiftness in movement or reflex, and a knack for resourcefulness becoming of a trained military man.
Actor suggestions, then?